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October 2021

Talocrural Joint Laxity and Range-of-Motion Following an Acute Lateral Ankle Sprain

The many articulations of the human ankle joint can be easily disrupted by “a mere sprain.” This research examines 2 specific deficits and their impact in the 6 months after an initial sprain.

By Bethany A. Wisthoff, PhD, ATC; Carrie L. Docherty, PhD, ATC, FNATA; Joseph J. Glutting, PhD; Geoffrey P. Gustavsen, MD; Todd D. Royer, PhD; Charles B. Swanik, PhD; and Thomas W. Kaminski, PhD, ATC, FNATA, FACSM Continue reading

October 2021

A Case for Hypochlorous Acid Solution as a Replacement for NSS in Wound Hygiene: A Review

Given its lack of efficaciousness in decreasing bioburden, normal sterile saline may not be the best solution for this important task. Chronic hard-to-heal wounds pose a significant burden on both patients and the health care system. Chronic wounds, whether pressure, arterial, venous, or wounds from multiple causes…

By James McGuire DPM, LPT, LPed, FAPWHc; Madeline Hobbs, BA, and Yunkyung Jessica Ho, BA Continue reading

October 2021

Are Static and Dynamic Postural Balance Assessments Two Sides of the Same Coin? A Cross-Sectional Study in the Older Adults

These authors investigate the impact of static and dynamic postural balance assessments and the effects of a cognitive-interference task on balance control performance in older adults. Postural balance control has been defined as the ability of a subject to maintain the center of pressure (CoP) within the…

By Alex Rizzato, Antonio Paoli, Marta Andretta, Francesca Vidorin, and Giuseppe Marcolin Continue reading

October 2021

Wound Care Update: The Importance of Antimicrobial Stewardship in Wound Care

Despite advances in wound dressings and best practices, hard-to-heal wounds still remain. Increases in the number of chronic wounds have led to greater antibiotic usage, more hospitalizations, and increased amputations.1 It is therefore necessary to understand the continuum of wound contamination and effectively address…

By Windy Cole, DPM, CWSP, FAPWH Continue reading

October 2021

Is Weight Loss or Physical Activity More Important for Preventing Type 2 Diabetes?

Ever since the U.S. Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) multicenter trial was completed nearly 2 decades ago,1 we have known that it is possible to prevent, or at least delay, prediabetes (an insulin resistant state) from progressing into full-blown type 2 diabetes. Why? In the study, diabetes risk was reduced by 58% in the…

By Sheri Colberg, PhD Continue reading

October 2021

Risk of Prolonged Opioid Use in Older Patients After Hip Fracture Surgery

There is a notable risk of prolonged opioid use in older patient populations following musculoskeletal injury according to a new study presented at the 2021 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. While numerous studies have analyzed opioid dependence in younger patient cohorts, relatively few… Continue reading

October 2021

Opioids Overprescribed to Children, Adolescents for Common Orthopaedic Procedures

While pain control is an important component of orthopaedic surgery postoperative care, the practice of overprescribing opioid medications has become a contributing factor to the misuse of narcotics in the United States. A new study presented at the 2021 AAOS Annual Meeting analyzed opioid prescribing behaviors… Continue reading

October 2021

Effects of COVID-19 on Youth Athletes Differs by Sport, Age

When single sport youth athletes have their routine disrupted, as occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic, they may be at greater risk for depression, demonstrating the need for increased education and research in mental health for adolescent athletes. The results of a new survey, “Sidelined due to COVID-19… Continue reading

October 2021

Feed Your Body, Heal Your Wound

Macronutrients have been shown to play a vital role in wound healing. Proper nutrition is something that every wound care clinician should discuss with their patients. Caloric needs increase during wound healing and it is estimated that patients should consume 30-35kcal/kg daily. Recent reporting details daily…

By Windy Cole. DPM, CWSP, FAPWH Continue reading

October 2021

ACSM Releases Consensus Statement on Anabolic-Androgenic Steroid Use

The American College of Sports Medicine has updated its 1987 consensus statement on the use of anabolic-androgenic steroid (AAS) use, synthesizing more than 30 years of research on the topic.1 The College acknowledged that lawful and ethical therapeutic use of AAS is a mainstream treatment for several clinical… Continue reading

October 2021

AAOS Updates Clinical Practice Guideline for Osteoarthritis of the Knee

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) issued an update to the Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) for Management of Osteoarthritis of the Knee (Non-Arthroplasty), which replaces the 2nd edition released from 2013. This 3rd edition of the CPG provides updates to 19 of the 29 evidence-based… Continue reading

October 2021

Isometric Exercise During Immobilization Reduces Return-to-play Time After Las

Researchers from Japan reported that immobilization reduces symptoms after lateral ankle sprain (LAS) but may worsen the range of motion (ROM) of the ankle and delay return to play (RTP). They sought to understand the correlation between ankle ROM and time to RTP following immobilization for LAS and studied… Continue reading

October 2021

Sleep Series Part III: Strategies to Improve Sleep Hygiene • The Importance of Sleep for the Student Athlete

These authors summarize the critical take-home points from sleep-related research in 2 key areas: strategies for everyday and those relevant for student athletes—both delivered as easy-to understand infographics. 

By Jeremy R. Hawkins, PhD, LAT, ATC; Michael Reeder, DO; and Alli Powell, DAT, LAT, ATC Continue reading

October 2021

Return To Training In The Covid-19 Era

The physiological effects of face masks during exercise. Source: Continue reading

October 2021

Digitsole Pro for Clinical Assessment of Mobility Disorders

Digitsole Pro® is an FDA-approved Class II device developed with, and for, healthcare professionals to improve the clinical assessment of patients with mobility disorders. This assessment advancement measures objective biomechanical data not observable by the naked eye, which can be used to help improve a… Continue reading

October 2021

Click Reel

Perfecting the fit of prostheses and orthoses just got significantly easier with the release of the new Click® Reel. Click Medical has developed and engineered this device to empower patients to make micro and macro adjustments—it adjusts both forward and backward—of their devices quickly and easily. Continue reading

October 2021

Implantable Magnets May Improve Prosthetic Control

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT’s) Media Lab have developed a new strategy, called magnetomicrometry (MM), that they believe could improve control of prosthetic limbs. The strategy is based on the idea that if sensors could measure what muscles in the residual limb are doing, those… Continue reading

October 2021

CHI Footwear Graphene Sneakers

CHI Footwear is a podiatrist-approved collection that was developed for hairstylists. This next-generation sneaker protects from a host of foot problems thanks to graphene technology, which is strong, flexible, and hard wearing. In particular, these graphene sneakers and inserts help kill germs by breaking down the… Continue reading

October 2021

A New, Inexpensive Way to Heal Chronic Wounds

A Michigan State University (MSU) researcher is leading an international team of scientists to develop a low-cost, practical biopolymer dressing that helps heal chronic wounds such as diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs). Continue reading

October 2021

O&P Assistant Program Offered in MI

A new Orthotist and Prosthetist Assistant Studies (OPA) specialization is being offered within the Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science (EXS) degree program in the Department of Human Movement Science at Oakland University, Rochester, MI. This is one of the first OPA programs to be launched in the U.S., and… Continue reading

October 2021

Dermadry Anti Sweat Device

Dermadry is designed to treat hyperhidrosis—otherwise known as excessive sweating. The brand’s medical device uses iontophoresis, a safe, effective, non-invasive, drug-free, and needle-free way to treat excessive sweating. Iontophoresis is a simple at-home treatment, referred to as a tap water iontophoresis… Continue reading

October 2021


ARIA Home PT features advanced technology that keeps patients actively engaged in their own care and recovery, and care teams fully informed of each patient’s progress. Utilizing a 3D motion tracking technology–based solution for use at a patient’s home, it educates, engages, and guides the patient through their… Continue reading

October 2021

Researchers Develop Low-Cost Method to Help Prevent DFUs

Millions of people with diabetes are at risk of developing diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs), which often lead to amputations and other health complications. Now, scientists from the Staffordshire University Centre for Biomechanics and Rehabilitation Technologies (CRBT) in England have developed a new method to… Continue reading

October 2021

RBknee Knee OA Analysis Tool

Radiobotics has recently launched its knee osteoarthritis (OA) tool, RBknee (FDA-cleared) for the US market. This tool automates the analysis of knee OA x-rays. It provides both a visual overlay indicating the presence of knee OA (including joint space width measurements) on the x-ray as well as a report indicating the… Continue reading

October 2021

PriMatrix Dermal Repair Scaffold

PriMatrix is a unique scaffold for the management of wounds that includes diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs). Derived from fetal bovine dermis, this novel acellular dermal matrix provides an ideal environment to support cellular repopulation and revascularization processes critical in wound healing. Continue reading